EU’s GPS-like Galileo satellites have been down since July 11

Daniel Fowler
July 16, 2019

A later notification [pdf] warns users of "a technical incident in the Galileo ground infrastructure" that "is affecting the functioning of the Galileo system, as a result of which there is a temporary interruption of some of the Galileo initial services". These devices must rely instead on data coming from the American Global Positioning System (GPS), which is embarrassing for the European Union as they believe their system is just as reliable as the United States alternative.

The system, which went live in December 2016, is in a pilot phase until next year, meaning that it is not now intended for use with critical applications.

Galileo cost about 10 billion was created by the European space Agency to ensure the independence of the European Union in matters of satellite navigation from the us Global Positioning System or Russian GLONASS. According to reports, EU's satellites for its global positioning system have suffered severe outage since July 11th. Its search and rescue service remained operational, the agency added.

Galileo is the newest of these satellite navigation systems.

"Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible", the agency wrote in its release.

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"Until further notice users may experience failures of signals from all satellites in the system. An Anomaly Review Board has been immediately set up to analyze the exact root cause and to implement recovery actions".

Just recently, the Federal Communications Commission has approved the utilization of Galileo GPS on USA smartphones.

The problem is down to a fault at a Precise Timing Facility (PTF) in Fucino, Italy, specialist satellite navigation publication Inside GNSS reported, citing unnamed sources.

Galileo only went online in 2016 even though its first satellite was launched all the way back in 2005. The GST is uploaded to the Galileo satellites to make the user localization possible, and it is also disseminated to every user as an accurate time reference.

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